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Family Activity Day | 26 July 10:00

Shaw House 26th July 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Summer Theme: Wonderful Wildlife Craft Days, A new Wildlife Spotters trail will be available this summer. Wise Owls - Make an owl of...

Family Activity Day | 28 July 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 28th July 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Cave art Do some cave painting on a clay tile using twigs,...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 28 July 14:00

  Shaw House 28th July 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Family Activity Day | 02 August 10:00

Shaw House 2nd August 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Summer Theme: Wonderful Wildlife Craft Days, A new Wildlife Spotters trail will be available this summer. Happy hedgehogs - Make a pom...

Heritage Walk: Central Newbury | 04 August 11:30

A walk taking in the Market Place, Newbury Wharf, Victoria Park, Newbury Lock, Northcroft Lane and the south of Northbrook Street with its alleyways, showing Newbury’s history from the Domesday...

Family Activity Day | 04 August 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 4th August 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Go potty! Make a Neolithic pot from clay using some replica ones as...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 04 August 14:00

  Shaw House 4th August 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Open Air Cinema – 4th August 2017 | 04 August 19:00

Shaw House 4th August 2017, gates open 7pm, film starts at sunset Film - The Goonies Cult Screens will be returning to Shaw House in August & September. Join us for...

Open Air Cinema – 5th August 2017 | 05 August 19:00

Shaw House 5th August 2017, gates open 7pm, film starts at sunset Film - Pretty Women Cult Screens will be returning to Shaw House in August & September. Join us for...

Heritage Walk: Market Place and Cheap Street | 06 August 14:30

Starting in the Market Place, the site of the Guildhall, the stocks and Queen Victoria’s statue, and then following a path towards the railway station, including the site of the...

Family Activity Day | 09 August 10:00

Shaw House 9th August 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Summer Theme: Wonderful Wildlife Craft Days, A new Wildlife Spotters trail will be available this summer. Pop-up puppets - Make a pop-up puppet...

Family Activity Day | 11 August 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 11th August 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Magnificent mummies Make a mummy out of a clothes peg, modelling clay...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 11 August 14:00

  Shaw House 11th August 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Workshops: Knitting and Crochet | 12 August 13:00

West Berkshire Museum 1pm - 4pm, FREE In connection with their forthcoming exhibition at the museum, the Kennet Valley Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are running three workshops which are open...

Heritage Walk: In the Footsteps of Newbury Artists | 13 August 14:30

A guided walk within the mainly pedestrian town centre to see how artists have interpreted Newbury’s buildings and street scenes between the 1780s and the mid-20th century.  In the days...

The Wind in the Willows – Outdoor Theatre | 14 August 18:00

Award-nominated Immersion Theatre brings a spectacular musical adaptation of the classic, "The Wind in the Willows" to Shaw House this summer. Monday 14th August Gates open 5pm, performance 6pm Pack...

Family Activity Day | 16 August 10:00

Shaw House 16th August 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Summer Theme: Wonderful Wildlife Craft Days A new Wildlife Spotters trail will be available this summer. Pebble creatures - make and paint using...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 16 August 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 16th August 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Family Activity Day | 18 August 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 18th August 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Face it! Make a dace out of clay using replica Medieval and...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 18 August 14:00

  Shaw House 18th August 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Workshops: Spinning and Weaving | 19 August 13:00

West Berkshire Museum 1pm - 4pm, FREE In connection with their forthcoming exhibition at the museum, the Kennet Valley Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are running three workshops which are open...

Heritage Walk: Bartholomew Street and The City | 20 August 14:30

A walk through Newbury’s past led by Phil Wood, taking in Bartholomew Street on the way to The City. Almshouses and breweries, churches and pubs, bombs and burial grounds: tales...

Family Activity Day | 23 August 10:00

Shaw House 23rd August 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Summer Theme: Wonderful Wildlife Craft Days Beautiful birds - Decorate a ceramic bird hanging decoration – perhaps draw one you’ve seen in Shaw...

Family Activity Day | 25 August 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 25th August 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Write stuff! Make a quill from a variety of craft materials and...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 25 August 14:00

  Shaw House 25th August 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Workshops: Braiding | 26 August 13:00

West Berkshire Museum 1pm - 4pm, FREE In connection with their forthcoming exhibition at the museum, the Kennet Valley Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are running three workshops which are open...

Heritage Walk: Central Newbury | 28 August 14:30

A walk taking in the Market Place, Newbury Wharf, Victoria Park, Newbury Lock, Northcroft Lane and the south of Northbrook Street with its alleyways, showing Newbury’s history from the Domesday...

Family Activity Day | 30 August 10:00

Shaw House 30th August 2017, 10am - 3.30pm Summer Theme: Wonderful Wildlife Craft Days, A new Wildlife Spotters trail will be available this summer. Dragonfly fridge magnets - Make a...

Open Air Cinema – 31st August 2017 | 31 August 19:00

Shaw House 31st August 2017, gates open 7pm, film starts at sunset Film - Back To The Future Cult Screens will be returning to Shaw House in August & September. Join us...

Family Activity Day – Messy Museum Day | 01 September 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 1st September 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Mini masterpieces Paint in the style of Claude Monet and produce your...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 01 September 14:00

  Shaw House 1st September 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Open Air Cinema – 1st September 2017 | 01 September 19:00

Shaw House 1st September 2017, gates open 7pm, film starts at sunset Film - Notting Hill Cult Screens will be returning to Shaw House in August & September. Join us for the...

Discover Arts Award | 24 July 10:00

Looking for something fun to do this summer holiday? Why not do your Discover Arts Award at the museum and become an Arts Award Explorer... Arts Award is offered at...

Workshop: Needle Felting | 08 September 10:00

Spend a day needle felting to create wonderfully colourful animals using whisper soft, un-spun sheep's wool.  You will discover hoe, working with a barbed felting needle, you can knit the...

Linking the Landscape: Bats in town | 08 September 19:15

Did you know one bat can eat 3000 insects in a night? Find out lots more amazing facts about bats on this Local Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) talk and walk by...

Heritage Open Day – Museum | 07 September 10:00

Drop into the museum to pick up a specially designed trail - one available for adults and another for children - based around the historic buildings that house the museum:...

Heritage Open Days – Shaw House | 09 September 10:00

Join us in the Great Hall for introductory talks about the history of the House at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Visitors will be able to self navigate their way...

Heritage Walk: Northbrook Street & Speenhamland | 10 September 14:30

A walk along Northbrook Street to the Clock Tower, to talk about Newbury during the coaching era, and the Speenhamland System.  Along the way it takes in a range of...

Touch to See | 11 September 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

Heritage Walk: First Battle of Newbury 1643 | 17 September 14:30

A two hour walk from the Royalist positions on the eve of battle, through ‘no man’s land’ to where parliament gained a foothold on the high ground at Round Hill....

Workshop: Create your own fascinator | 18 September 12:00

Learn how to design and create your own unique Fascinator to compliment an outfit or the theme of a wedding or event, using various millinery techniques, such as sewing, rolling,...

Talk: Death, Debt and Discrimination: Crime in Victorian Newbury | 20 September 13:00

Ros Clow leads the History Group of the Friends of Newtown Road Cemetery.  Wile researching people buried there, through inquest and court reports in local and national newspapers, Ros has...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 20 September 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 20th September 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Talk: “True Newes from Neubery”: 17th Century pamphlets and their tales of radical religion | 20 September 19:00

In 1647 a pamphlet of ‘True Newes from Neubery’ was printed in London. This pamphlet describes the antics of the ‘Newbury Anabaptists’, and represents just one of the many sensationalist...

Workshop: Reading Old Handwriting | 22 September 10:15

Always wanted to know how to read old handwriting?  Senior Archivist, Ivonne Turnbull from Berkshire Record Office will give you an introduction to reading handwriting from the past, with practical...

Wedding Fair | 01 October 11:00

Save the date...for all the inspiration and expert advice that you need for your big day as well as information about how you can book your ceremony and drinks reception...

Talk: Greenham: 100 Years of War and Peace | 04 October 19:00

This short series of special talks is to tie-in with the Greenham: 100 Years of War & Peace exhibition opening at the museum in September 2017.  This exhibition is centred...

Blaze’s Buddies | 05 October 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 06 October 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 2pm - 3.30pm Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes...

Talk: Plants and Wildlife on Greenham Common | 06 October 19:00

This short series of special talks is to tie-in with the Greenham: 100 Years of War & Peace exhibition opening at the museum in September 2017.  This exhibition is centred...

Touch to See | 09 October 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

Workshop: Drawing & Painting Animals and Birds | 11 October 10:00

During this workshop we will looking at examples of animal studies and paintings by well known artists such as George Stubbs, Albercht Durer and Henry Moore and then explore how...

Talk: Flight from Uganda: No sense for what the future held | 13 October 19:00

This short series of special talks is to tie-in with the Greenham: 100 Years of War & Peace exhibition opening at the museum in September 2017.  This exhibition is centred...

English Civil War Family Fun Day | 14 October 10:00

Are you a Roundhead or a Cavalier? Make up your mind at our FREE English Civil War Family Fun Day. Drop-in and meet the historical re-enactors from the English Civil War Society...

Walk: The First Battle of Newbury | 15 October 14:00

A walk through 4,500 years of history - from the Falkland Memorial along Essex Street, through the royalist and parliamentary positions to the spot where Lord Falkland fell and the...

Talk: Lord Falkland – his life, times, death and memorial | 18 October 19:00

A talk by local historian Dave Stubbs on the story of how a sensitive, educated academic found himself catapulted into politics, and died stripped and bloody in a suicidal cavalry...

Workshop: Pumpkin Flower Arranging | 20 October 10:00

Pumpkin flower arrangements are an elegant way to create autumnal decorations, table settings or to give as a gift. You will be provided with a pumpkin oasis and seasonal flowers....

Talk: Living with the Americans | 20 October 19:00

This short series of special talks is to tie-in with the Greenham: 100 Years of War & Peace exhibition opening at the museum in September 2017.  This exhibition is centred...

Family Activity Day | 25 October 10:00

Scary skeletons – make a spooky hanging decoration in the shape of a skeleton that both moves and glows in the dark! New Halloween trail also available. £2 per child....

The Steadfast Tin Soldier – Indoor Puppet Theatre | 26 October 14:00

There once was a remarkable tin soldier who fell in love with a beautiful paper dancer and then tumbled out of a window so beginning a perilous journey into the...

Messy Museum Day | 26 October 10:00

Printmaking - part of Black History Month 2017.  Using African designs as inspiration you’ll make your own repeating pattern using various forms of printing including potato, leaf and tile.  Dress...

Messy Museum Day | 27 October 10:00

Revolting rats!  Make a Halloween decoration in the form of a rat by using a polystyrene egg, pipe cleaners and other craft materials. Dress for mess! Disposable aprons will be...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 27 October 14:00

  Shaw House 27th October 2017, 2.00pm Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and...

Museums at Night – Dragon Hunt | 27 October 17:30

Family friendly event involving a FREE dragon hunt through a dark or dimly lit museum - please bring a torch.  Blaze, the museum dragon, has a number of dragon friends who have...

Halloween Party Night | 31 October 18:30

Join us for a night of spooky fun! With Halloween trails, apple bobbing and snapping in the grounds. Plus indoor crafts, ghostly story time and trick or treating throughout the...

Blaze’s Buddies | 02 November 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 03 November 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month. Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes with a cuppa and cake.  The...

Workshop: Preserving Family Memorabilia | 06 November 12:00

Discover how to take care of, protect and preserve cherished keepsakes, treasured documents, important family history items, collectibles, artwork and antiques. This workshop will cover several areas from how to...

Talk: The Real Downton Abbey | 09 November 19:30

The Friends of the West Berkshire Museum are delighted to present this very special and insightful talk by Lady Carnarvon; Highclere Castle has in recent years achieved world-wide fame as...

Workshops: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 10 November 10:00

A brief talk about the history of the Christmas tree and its decorations followed by hands-on painting of 4 ceramic Christmas decorations of your choice out of a vast collection...

Touch to See | 13 November 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 15 November 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 15th November 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Talk: Wining & Dining in the 17th Century | 15 November 19:00

We are familiar with how filmmakers portray banquets during the English Civil Wars – plenty of clashing goblets and everyone gnawing on a plump chicken or a haunch of venison,...

It’s A Shaw House Thing | 16 November 20:00

Scenes from the history of our most famous local address Many local people will be aware of some of Shaw House’s past; its part in the Civil War, its use...

Game of Queens – Charivari Agréable | 26 November 14:00

Award winning early music ensemble Charivari Agréable return to Shaw House with a new matinée performance for 2017. Game of Queens tells the extraordinary story of the 16th century female monarchs,...

Workshop: Willow for Christmas | 01 December 10:00

In this workshop we will be making a variety of decorative willow objects (stars, wreaths, reindeer and bells) to celebrate the festive season.  Along the way we will explore different...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 01 December 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month. Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes with a cuppa and cake.  The...

Christmas Fair & Children’s Parties | 03 December 11:00

Christmas Fair   |  Sunday 3 December  |  11am – 4pm If you are looking for unique and creative Christmas gifts then the Christmas Fair is not to be missed! We...

Workshop: Christmas Wreath Making | 05 December 10:00

Join us at this fun and create workshop and make your own festive door wreath. The wire frame, moss, seasonal foliage and selection of decorations from dried oranges, chillies and limes to...

Blaze’s Buddies | 07 December 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Workshops: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 08 December 10:00

A brief talk about the history of the Christmas tree and its decorations followed by hands-on painting of 4 ceramic Christmas decorations of your choice out of a vast collection...

Touch to See | 11 December 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

Talk: Jane Austen and the Military | 13 December 19:00

In Jane Austen's 41 years of life, Great Britain was at war or under threat of invasion for all but ten of those years. Although Jane's works lack specific detail...

Old Christmas Return’d! – Piva | 15 December 20:00

Playing seasonal music from the 16th century, the show is designed to help ease you into the Christmas spirit. The Elizabethans would have celebrated the 12 Days of Christmas in...

A Christmas Carol – A Folk Opera – GreenMatthews | 18 December 19:30

The quintessential Victorian Christmas classic! GreenMatthews bring you a brand-new retelling of the most thrilling Yuletide adventure of them all – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. First published in 1843,...

Workshop: Christmas Table Arrangements | 20 December 10:00

Add an extra special touch to your festive tables and join us to learn how to design and create a stunning table centre. From fresh, seasonal flowers and foliage, to...

Family Activity Day – Christmas Crafts | 21 December 10:00

Make a Victorian-inspired Christmas card out of Victorian scraps, sticky lace and other craft materials. £2 per child. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No...

Three Rivers Community Choir | 21 December 19:00

Join the Three Rivers Community Choir for a festive evening of carols and readings. Revel in the beautiful sounds of Christmas as the choir treats you to a programme of...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 05 January 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns - 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month.   Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes with a cuppa and cake. ...

Touch to See | 08 January 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

Talk: The Origins of Roman Silchester (Calleva) | 17 January 19:00

Recent and ongoing excavations within and around the Roman town of Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum) have shed important light on its pre-Roman origins.  These discoveries about Iron Age Calleva will be...

Blaze’s Buddies | 01 February 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 02 February 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month.   Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes with a cuppa and cake.  The...

Workshop: Picture & Photograph Mounting | 05 February 12:00

Learn to cut and decorate window mounts for your pictures and photographs. Sue will teach you how to use the correct materials, tools and techniques to make your pictures look...

Workshops: Handmade Ceramics: Clay Tile/ Brooch Printing | 10 February 13:00

Learn to roll slabs of porcelain paper clay to make individual decorative tiles and brooches. Starting with a piece of lino you will cut a simple form inspired by images...

Touch to See | 12 February 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

Family Activity Day | 14 February 10:00

Ceramic heart decorations – using porcelain pens, create your own design on a heart-shaped ceramic hanging decoration. A new house trail will also be available. £2 per child. For 4-11...

Messy Museum Day – Skilful Saxons | 15 February 10:00

Be illuminated! – decorate an illuminated letter, as you would have seen in an Anglo-Saxon manuscript created by monks, using felt tip pens, gold paint and other craft materials. Dress...

Linking the Landscape: Under the Microscope | 16 February 10:00

What can you see under the microscope?  Local Wildlife Trust experts will be on hand with microscopes, and an array of remarkable mini-beasts up-close.  Learn about this fascinating essential world...

Messy Museum Day – Skilful Saxons | 16 February 10:00

Go potty! – make a small Saxon pot out of air-drying clay and decorate it using replica stamps. Dress for mess!  Disposable aprons will be provided.  Visit the permanent exhibition,...

Talk: Newbury’s Roman Cemetery | 21 February 19:00

In the middle of the 19th century, a large Roman cemetery was discovered in an area now near Sainsbury's in Newbury.  The cemetery was quickly destroyed, and poorly documented.  Local historian...

Blaze’s Buddies | 01 March 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Touch to See | 12 March 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

Talk: The Curridge Hoard: Brass Coins from 3rd century Roman Britain | 21 March 19:00

In 1998 a pot of Roman coins was discovered at Curridge, Berkshire. Although it contained everyday Roman brasses and coppers produced from the first to the third centuries AD they...

Workshops: Handmade Ceramics: Green Man | 24 March 10:00

Come and have fun learning how to create your own garden 'Green Man' using a robust stoneware clay suitable for all weathers. You will be making and cutting a slab...

Talk: Living in West Berkshire in Roman Times | 18 April 19:00

In Roman times, the River Kennet was probably a boundary between the Atrebates civitas in the south and the Dobunii civitas in the north and Thatcham was a settlement on...

Workshops: Handmade Ceramics: Indoor Planter | 21 April 13:00

Starting with clay as the raw material you will learn to coil and strap clay and manipulate it to creating a small individual indoor planter. You will then enhance the...

Blaze’s Buddies | 03 May 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Blaze’s Buddies | 07 June 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Blaze’s Buddies | 05 July 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Blaze’s Buddies | 01 November 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...